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PETER BROOK RETURNS TO TRAMWAY


C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris

11 and 12
Co-produced by barbicanbite10, London;
C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris;
Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw



Tramway
Tuesday 30 March – Saturday 3 April 2010
Tickets on sale Friday 15 January 2010


Tramway is delighted to announce the return of Peter Brook, for the first time
since Les Beaux Jours in 1997.


Directed by Peter Brook, this new play, which comes to Tramway as part of an
international tour, explores an extraordinary conflict in West Africa under French
occupation. It shows how a dispute over whether a certain prayer should be
recited 11 or 12 times leads inexorably to hatred and massacres. The question of
violence and the true place of tolerance make this epic story more than ever
relevant today.


11 and 12 is adapted by Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne and is based on
Brook’s play Tierno Bokar which was critically acclaimed during its run in Warwick in
2005 where it was performed in French. This new English-language production
receives its UK premiere at the Barbican, London by an international cast including;
Makram J. Khoury; Tunji Lucas; Jared McNeill; Khalifa Natour;Abdou
Ouologuem and Maximilien Seweryn.



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Over the past 50 years Peter Brook has irrevocably influenced the landscape of
theatre, and has inspired a new generation of theatre practitioners. His work has
been seen in bite three times previously, in 2007 with Sizwe Banzi is Dead, in 2006
with The Grand Inquisitor and in 2005 with Ta main dans la mienne.


11 and 12 is co-produced by C.I.C.T. / Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord; barbicanbite10, London
and The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw. Presented in association with William Wilkinson for
Millbrook Productions Limited.




LISTINGS INFORMATION

Peter Brook
11 and 12
Venue:                     Tramway
                           25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE
                           0845 330 3501 www.tramway.org
Dates and time:            Tue 30 March – Sat 3 April 2010, 7.30pm
                           Sat 3 April 2010, 2.30pm
Running time:              100 minutes
Tickets:                   £20 / £15
Age guidance:              14+


http://www.tramway.org/

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NOTES TO EDITORS


For Christians and Muslims alike, God through his Prophets has given to mankind a
clear and simple commandment: “Thou Shalt Not Kill’. Today we see that no rational
thought, no intelligent debate, no social analysis has ever influenced nor can explain
the endless current of hatred that pours through history.

The great African writer, Amadou Hampaté Bâ, born into traditional African village
life and as a young man entering the French colonial administration, lived close to
these agonising human realities and wrestled deeply with the questions they
aroused. In his book Tierno Bokar he draws on vivid experiences from his own life,
opening up images of uncontrollable passion in family, social and political
relationships. The deep question of religion and its place in everyday life is ever-
present, not to draw moral conclusions but to live through its frightening
contradictions. These are the themes that are developed in 11 and 12.

11 and 12 are two numbers which on a purely theological level have a deep hidden
meaning. In the recent past, these abstract figures gradually took on flesh and
blood, leading to feuds, violence and massacres.

11 and 12 also shows the unshakeable conviction of two remarkable individuals
Tierno Bokar and Cherif Hamallah. They both believe that tolerance is the most
difficult and the most essential quality for a human being to develop. They stand
firm despite every pressure and in the end sacrifice their lives in the name of a
supreme tolerance that can encompass violence with an even greater power. In this
way, the theme of “11 and 12” is not only irresistibly fascinating as a dramatic
narrative, but closer than ever to our preoccupations today.

11 and 12 is presented by a cast in which Israel-Palestinian, African and European
actors come together. Presented by the Barbican Centre, the Bouffes du Nord and
the Grotowski Institute, it opened in Paris in November 2009.

Peter Brook



Biographies


Peter BROOK

Peter Brook was born in London in 1925. He directed his first play there in 1943. He
then went on to direct over 70 productions in London, Paris and New York. His work
with the Royal Shakespeare Company includes Love’s Labour’s Lost (1946), Measure
for Measure (1950), Titus Andronicus (1955), King Lear (1962), Marat/Sade (1964),
US (1966), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1970) and Antony and Cleopatra (1978).

In 1971, he founded with Micheline Rozan the International Centre for Theatre
Research in Paris and in 1974, opened its permanent base in the Bouffes du Nord
Theatre. There, he directed Timon of Athens, The Ik, Ubu aux Bouffes, Conference
of the Birds, L’Os, The Cherry Orchard, The Mahabharata, Woza Albert!, The
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Tempest, The Man Who, Qui est là?, Oh! les Beaux Jours, Je suis un Phénomène, Le
Costume, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Far Away, La Mort de Krishna , Ta Main dans la
Mienne, Le Grand Inquisiteur, Tierno Bokar, Sizwe Banzi is dead, Fragments, Warum
Warum and Love is my Sin – many of these performing both in French and English.

In opera, he directed La Bohème, Boris Godounov, The Olympians, Salomé and Le
Nozze de Figaro at Covent Garden; Faust and Eugene Onegin at the Metropolitan
Opera House, New York, La Tragédie de Carmen and Impressions of Pelleas, at the
Bouffes du Nord, Paris and Don Giovanni for the Aix en Provence Festival.

Peter Brook’s autobiography, Threads of Time, was published in 1998 and joins other
titles including The Empty Space (1968) – translated into over 15 languages, The
Shifting Point (1987), Evoking (and Forgetting) Shakespeare (2002), There are no
Secrets (1993) and With Grotowski (2009).

His films include Lord of the Flies, Marat/Sade, King Lear, Moderato Cantabile, The
Mahabharata and Meetings with Remarkable Men.

Marie-Hélène ESTIENNE

Marie-Hélène Estienne has taken part in many theatre and cinema projects as author
and production assistant. While a journalist at Le Nouvel Observateur and Les
Nouvelles Littéraires, she became Michel Guy’s assistant, working on the
programming of the Paris Festival d’Automne.

In 1974 she worked on the casting of Peter Brook’s Timon of Athens. She joined
C.I.C.T. in 1977 for Ubu aux Bouffes and has since been production assistant for all
the Centre’s work.
She was also Brook’s assistant for La Tragédie de Carmen and The Mahabharata and
artistic collaborator for The Tempest, Impressions de Pelléas and more recently The
Tragedy of Hamlet (2000). This collaboration developed to include dramaturgy for
Woza Albert !, The Man Who, and Qui est là ?. She co-authored, with Peter Brook, Je
suis un Phénomène, presented at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (1998). She was the
author of the French language adaptation of Le Costume (“The Suit”) by Can
Themba, created in 1999 at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord as well as Far away, by
Caryl Churchill in 2002.
She collaborates on all the aspects of the work and together with Jean Claude
Carrière has signed the texts of La Tragédie d’Hamlet (2002) and La Mort de Krishna.

She recently made the French adaptation of Ta main dans la mienne by Carol
Rocamora, signed in 2003 the theatrical adaptation of Le Grand Inquisiteur by
Dostoïevski and in 2004, Tierno Bokar from Amadou Hampaté Bâ’s works. She lately
adapted to French the play Sizwe Banzi is dead by Athol Fugard, John Kani and
Winston Ntshona.


Toshi TSUCHITORI (composer)

Toshi Tsuchitori was born in Kagawa prefecture of Japan in 1950 and began
performing on Japanese traditional drums at an early age. Since the 1970s he has
performed internationally with specialists in free improvisation such as Milford
Graves, Steve Lacy, Derek Baily and others.

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He began working with Peter Brook’s theatre group in 1976, and has since created
the music for productions including Ubu, The Conference of the Birds, L’Os, The
Mahabharata, The Tempest, The Tragedy of Hamlet and Tierno Bokar.

He has studied traditional music from all over the world and for over a decade has
been researching the earliest strata of Japanese music and presenting the results as
musical performances. He has released a series of three recordings of prehistoric
Japanese sounds entitled Dotaku, Sanukaito and Jomonko.

He has written two books: an autobiography, Spiral Arms, and a study of the music
of prehistoric Japan, The Sounds of Jomon.




Tour Dates 2010

Poland
Wroclaw, Grotowski Institute
16 - 23 January 2010

UK
Barbican Theatre London
Friday 5 – Saturday 27 February 2010
Press performance: Wednesday 10 February, 7.45pm

New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand Festival, St James Theatre
Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 March 2010

UK
Tramway, Glasgow
Tuesday 30 March – Saturday 3 April 2010

Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham
Tuesday 6 April – Saturday 10 April 2010

Northern Stage, Newcastle
Tuesday 20 April – Saturday 24 April 2010

Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston
Tuesday 27 April – Saturday 1 May 2010

Spain
Madrid, Festival de Otono, Teatro Matadores
Thursday 13 – Tuesday 18 May 2010

Singapore
Singapore Arts Festival, Drama Centre
Wednesday 26 – Friday 28 May 2010


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Australia
Sydney, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre
Friday 4 – Sunday 13 June 2010

South Korea
Seoul, LG Arts Center
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 June 2010

More dates in Asia to be confirmed.


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